Education Week in a virtual world

Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Education Week in a virtual world

NSW Education Week 2020 is almost here. While restrictions on visitors change the way schools and students can engage with the community, there are still plenty of ways to interact.

The theme for this year’s event, running 3–7 August, is ‘Learning together’, and the key messages are: Schools are the cornerstone of communities; Change and resilience; and Connect better and learn together.

Under that banner, the NSW Department of Education is encouraging the use of technology to bring Education Week into a virtual world.

Share content using the #EdWeek20 hashtag

Students, teachers and parents celebrating Education Week can share photos and videos of preparations and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #EdWeek20.

Filming preparations, activities held during the week and tips from your school community that fall under the Learning together theme can be produced using Schools Video and shared on social channels. There’s more information available in the #EdWeek20 social media toolkit.

Watch the Education Week 2020 launch live stream

Schools can live stream the Education Week 2020 launch from 10 am Monday, 3 August 2020.

Reflecting on the incredible year to date — with the bushfires, floods and continuing drought as well as the COVID-19 pandemic — the Education Week launch will focus on the achievements of students, school staff, parents and the community as we have continued to learn together in 2020.

Following the launch, the video will also be available on demand in segments for schools to use at other events during Education Week.

Expect to hear from dignitaries and department leaders, as well as performances by students and film reflecting on the year so far.

The link to the Education Week 2020 launch live stream will be available by 1 August.

Host and watch a virtual student film festival

One of #EdWeek20's key events is the virtual film festival held on Wednesday, 5 August and featuring a live stream of the best Film by… student films. Dim the lights, dish out the popcorn and settle in for a celebration of student creativity on screen presented by Film by ... Aussie Kids.

The festival will include a message about student filmmaking by patron Bryan Brown, along with the opportunity for students to vote for their favourite film in a People’s Choice award.

The student film festival will be available on demand for screening by schools at a later date. Click here for more information.

Live stream to your own community

Connect and learn together using a video live stream this #EdWeek20. Streaming ideas include school assemblies or other special events that will connect with the school community. 

Find more information on live streaming #EdWeek20 events using BrightCove or Facebook here. Click here for assistance on making a video via Schools Video.

Other virtual activities

There is a range of other online learning experiences available on the Department’s Virtual activities for EdWeek page.

Check what activities can take place in schools

Check the guide to NSW school students returning to face-to-face learning for the latest information on what activities and site usage can take place in schools from Term 3 2020.

Staff may also want to check the information under ‘Planning large school of student events’ here: Physical distancing - practical guide for staff (staff only — requires login).

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